St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by jsbrb03 on 2015-07-04 11:49. 2 comments. 87 reads
 
my pace maker is making beeping sounds what should I do? ,

Posted by sethspeaks on 2015-07-02 00:22. 5 comments. 195 reads
 
My name is Seth I've have a pacer since 2002 on my second one and 100% dependent on it. I know most have heard about the VA Hospital in Phoenix, well ends up I was on one of their list. 3 years ago I was told I had cancer , it was like one visit I had it then the next I didn't this went on for along time then they closed part of the clinic I was going to, but the last I was told I didn't have it . Well I found out a month ago I did have it and still do and it has spread. Because of the pacer I can't have a lot of the test to see how far it has spread.no MRI's etc. I have no one to really talk about it to my wife can't handle it . I've accepted it I guess but kinda worried about it ... one thing that really bothers me ...


Posted by AJHenry on 2015-06-27 23:25. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
Hi! I got my PM last March. I have seen my cardiologist three times since then, including the one-month after PM check-up. He says everything is fine and in its place, but it continues to hurt, both in the area of the PM, under my armpit, and even on the right side of my chest. I can't say I'm in pain but it is pretty uncomfortable. After a normal day, the area feels as if were swollen, though it does not look swollen on the outside. I have been told that I can already raise my left arm but can't!!! It feels as if my arm were tied and the chord just would yield. I have been taking Lyrica and have taken Samen for 7 days twice. Enantyum and Acerdol help relieve the pain and discomfort a bit but not completely. It's been three days since PM a...


Posted by voylesronda on 2015-06-19 15:43. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Ok- I have a question. I have had a pacemaker since 2002- yes its still ,my first pacemaker. My battery has less than a year so we are just waiting it out. Within the past six months my pacemaker has started to pace the bottom of my heart, I have also started having pretty bad ventricular tachycardia. I am taking metroprolol and ditalezem. I am still having chest pain and it feels like my heart speeds way up at times and beats so hard it hurts. Does anyone else have these two issues. I am in a rural area and have to drive almost 100 miles to get to dr.

Posted by whick on 2015-06-19 10:16. 5 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi,
I have been recovering from brain surgery after I had life threatening bleeding after a fall. I have been on Eloquis for a few years after receiving a pacemaker. I am literally blessed to be alive! I fell through the cracks of the system and suffered headaches and problems for almost a month.
I worried now because the only medicine I'm taking to prevent clots is baby aspirin. I have an appointment with my cardiologist in a few weeks. Any input on how I should approach this problem would be greatly appreciated. I really worried about bloodclots.

Jane

Posted by whick on 2015-06-19 10:16. 1 comments. 66 reads
 
Hi,
I have been recovering from brain surgery after I had life threatening bleeding after a fall. I have been on Eloquis for a few years after receiving a pacemaker. I am literally blessed to be alive! I fell through the cracks of the system and suffered headaches and problems for almost a month.
I worried now because the only medicine I'm taking to prevent clots is baby aspirin. I have an appointment with my cardiologist in a few weeks. Any input on how I should approach this problem would be greatly appreciated. I really worried about bloodclots.

Jane

Posted by juno on 2015-06-18 13:54. 0 comments. 65 reads
 
I had a pacemaker installed in January, 2015, and after a month or so was pain-free. But beginning about six weeks ago I began to feel lumps forming on top of and around the device and the area has become sensitive. I am prone to keloids and the scar has a few small lumps, but these that I am concerned about are under the skin. Any thoughts?

Posted by mtg312 on 2015-06-18 09:20. 4 comments. 161 reads
 
hello, i had a pacemaker put in in January, this week, i had bleeding at the incision site, and the pacemaker has dropped around 3 inches, and is moving around during the day.
The doctor does not seem to be worried, but i sure am. Is this a common thing. SHOULD i insist on them checking again?
thank you/Mike

Posted by gordon on 2015-05-17 04:34. 1 comments. 95 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted five months ago no problem with the operation that was the easy bit l am eighty four and since then l feel tired all the time no energy and a problem with sleeping for more then a few hours l have been to the clinic three times for a checkup but still feel the same.l know it's not my age because a friend of mine who is a hundred copes better then me after having his pacemaker fitted at the same time has anyone else had this experience please let me know.all the best Gordon



Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-15 22:31. 1 comments. 119 reads
 
What are the symptoms of a lead being pulled out?

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-15 19:29. 0 comments. 82 reads
 
What are the symptoms if you pull a lead out?

Posted by NMWanderer on 2015-05-12 13:58. 3 comments. 247 reads
 
Hi all... I have not been in here in ages! All kinds of things keep happening, and I find myself worrying more about life in the real world, than about life in this strange cyber world.

So... Anyway... I have been offered 3 options by an electrophysiologist, after suffering with this horror story of a 3 lead, combination ICD/Defibrillator.

1. Leave the unit in - I was told it had never been implanted properly

2. Remove it and replace it. Why should I? So far I have yet to find a doctor I really trust, given 5 major surgeries since 2010 and all the problems that have come with them; or,

3. Have them remove it and take my chances.

There are definite pros and cons with each option, but ...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2015-05-12 01:40. 2 comments. 184 reads
 
my cardiologist recently informed me that I have a irregular heartbeat while at rest. I have a t. Jude 2210 two lead installed July 2011. He tells me that he would like me to try the drug route, then maybe ablation to cure the abnormal heartbeat. I only have the irregular beat at rest,when active, it goes away. Sometimes I have this "lumping" beat, or a flutter. Very scary sometimes. He wants me to wear a "holter" device to track the irregular beats.

I jog, bike, am very active. Don't know what to make if it.


What I'd like to know is: what are the negatives of ablation therapy? I will also go on the internet for discussion topics.

Any responses will help.

Posted by Sarahsverd on 2015-05-10 08:17. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Could anyone help I had a duel chamber PM fitted in January 2015. I've been in pain ever since. My scare is burning and stinging all the time the area round my PM is painful to touch. I can't lay on my left side. Or lay flat on my stomach. The pain and burning is to be getting worse. The area around my PM is swollen in the mornings. Is this normal. 😔

Posted by statuesque on 2015-05-09 16:28. 5 comments. 350 reads
 
I know that many people feel that their PM's really helped them, unfortunately that is not the case with me. I was never able to return to the level of activity I had before it was implanted..before implant I reached a personal goal of 50 flights of stairs in one day after pacemaker 0. If I try to be active I get extremely tired very quickly and break out in a cold drenching sweat......I have been home bound since my surgery, no more pool or walking my usual 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day and 10 flights of stairs daily logged by my Fitbit.My new Doctors ran new cardiac test which all came back NORMAL and after lowing the settings to 40 bpm's my last check came back I was using it 1%, my cardiologist said it is just sitting in my chest........


Posted by Hays1946 on 2015-05-09 12:28. 4 comments. 229 reads
 
I had Biotronik will be 2 weeks Tuesday, I was just sitting in chair watching TV, and such a syncope feeling came over me like none before, I thought my head was going to explode, then it just eased off. Anyone have this happen, I thought this would keep me from having syncope?

Posted by IdkAname on 2015-05-08 18:05. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi so I've had a dual chambered pacemaker since the age of 15. I had a ross/konno procedure done and they were too aggressive and caused me to get the pacer. My question is, My battery has finally ran out. And I can not afford a new device change. So what is going to happen? They are trying to rush me into getting a new device but I cant put myself in debt for it. I would just like to know if I can get by for now?

Posted by japandata on 2015-05-08 13:29. 2 comments. 239 reads
 
Just wondering if anyone has had this.

I'm about 9 months with my second pacer (Boston Scientific) and I'm experiencing an increased amount of pain around my heart and armpit, with associated dizziness and nausea. With my old pacer, I had maybe 2 afib events recorded every 6 month visit. My last visit showed 14 and it's pretty much jumping or falling out of sync about every 5 minutes now. Can't sleep as I go into afib lying on my back and experiencing a lot of numbness in my hands and legs when I wake up. Also have this odd fullness in my head, like a balloon, that comes and goes.

I saw my pacer doctor in March and he didn't think this was an issue, even with the higher number of episodes. I'm going to see another do...


Posted by Skashish on 2015-05-07 15:38. 4 comments. 186 reads
 
Hello Iam 23 of age from India implanted a Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker on 2july 2013 I feel the the device is a little disturbed from its place from earlier it was, I do gym but Neva felt like before i do regular exercise
Should I take pacemaker out or what should I do
Experienced people please help me to think

Posted by wmcc on 2015-05-07 12:32. 2 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi,
I had my St. Jude pacemaker replaced December 2014, my old one lasted 10 years and it was put in deep you could only feel it if you poked real hard and it was protected, problem is I had a shands cardiologist this time around, and he couldn't even knock me out and when he opened my chest I had to grip the table and say ouch! he was arrogant and rude used staples insted of stitches, gave me paperwork and I was supposed to have a check up by St. Jude rep in 2 weeks he told me he would set it the same as last one, he didnt set heart rate 10 beats to high i went home and as i healed I noticed pain and when I went to go get staples out there was no St. jude rep notified he just took staples out grabbed a machine set my heart rate back ...




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